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High Performance Tape Units

The Avax range of high performance tape units are available in a wide range of speeds and capacities for use with systems and networks. Units are available in 4mm, 8mm, LTO, SLR and Digital Linear Tape (DLT) formats plus 1/2" reel-to-reel, 3480, 3490 and 3490E . Avax offers both new and refurbished drives.

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Performance: SLR Tape Drives



Format 1/4"
Compressed Capacity 525MB to 100GB
Transfer Rates up to 36GB/hr
Media Load Time <30 sec


Note -  The Flash Card based Magnetic Tape Replacement is available as a 'Plug & Play' replacement for legacy SLR drives

Click here to read more about SLR tape drives.

Tandberg SLR autoloader/tape libraries available - click here for details



4mm FORMAT
 

Note -  The Flash Card based Magnetic Tape Replacement is available as a 'Plug & Play' replacement for 4mm DAT drives

Performance: 4mm DDS-2 DAT - AM4-8000
DAT Tape drive
Format 4mm DDS-2
Storage Capacity 8GB
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 1.05 MB/sec
Compatibility Reads and writes DDS-1 and DDS-2 formats
Interface Single ended or HVD Narrow SCSI
Performance: 4mm DDS-3 DAT - AM4-24000
DDS-3 format
DDS-3 tape units
Format 4mm DDS-3 
Storage Capacity 24 GB [*]
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 2.4 MB/sec 
Compatibility Reads and writes DDS-1, DDS-2 and DDS-3 formats
Interface Single ended or HVD Narrow SCSI


Performance: 4mm DDS-4 DAT - AM4-40000
Avax AM4-40000 DDS-4 DAT drive
Format 4mm DDS-4 
Storage Capacity 40 GB [*]
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 4.8 MB/sec 
Compatibility  Reads and writes DDS-1, DDS-2, DDS-3 and DDS-4 formats
Interface Single ended or HVD Narrow SCSI


8mm FORMAT
 

Note -  The Flash Card based Magnetic Tape Replacement is available as a 'Plug & Play' replacement for the older Exabyte 8mm drives

Performance: 8mm - AMA-50000
Sony SDX-300C Tape Units
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Based on the Sony SDX-300C Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-1) drive

Advanced Intelligent Tape

Sony's Advanced Intelligent Tape(tm) (AIT) technology is the latest in a long line of innovative tape solutions developed and brought to market by Sony. Sony's AIT drives are setting new standards for reliability, capacity and performance in today's most demanding environments. Sony's AT tape storage solutions provide the high capacities and performance you need to protect your data, plus the reliability that ensures its availability when you need it.
 

Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-1)
Compatibility The Sony drives are not compatible with either the older 8mm drives.
Storage Capacity 35GB native storage capacity
, or 90GB compressed capacity in a compact external or internal drive with a 10MB/s sustained transfer rate (2.6:1 compression).
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 3 MB/sec uncompressed
7.8 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD or High Voltage Differential

Download the Sony AIT-1 Data Sheet in Adobe Acrobat® format (110kb).

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NOTE:
Please see the note regarding AIT tape drives


Performance: 8mm - AMA-100000
AIT-2 tape drive
50/130GB AIT-2 DRIVE

Advanced Intelligent Tape

The AMA-100000 offers a native capacity of 50GB and a compressed capacity of an amazing 130GB, with a data transfer rate of 6/15.6 MB/second!

Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-2)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-1
Storage Capacity 50GB native storage capacity,
or 130GB compressed capacity in a compact external or internal drive with a 15MB/s sustained transfer rate (2.6:1 compression).
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 6 MB/sec uncompressed
15.6 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD or High Voltage Differential - iSCSI interface units now available.

NOTE:
Please see the note regarding AIT tape drives


Download the AIT-2 Data Sheet in Adobe Acrobat® format (92kb).

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Performance: 8mm - AMA-200000
AIT-3

Advanced Intelligent Tape

The AMA-200000 offers a native capacity of 100GB and a compressed capacity of an amazing 260GB, with a data transfer rate of 12/31.2 MB/second!


Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-3)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-1 and AIT-2</a>
Storage Capacity 100GB native storage capacity, or 260GB compressed capacity in a compact external or internal drive with a 30MB/s sustained transfer rate (2.6:1 compression).
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 12MB/sec uncompressed, 31.2 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD - iSCSI interface units now available.


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NOTE:
Please see the note regarding AIT tape drives


Performance: 8mm - AMA-400000
AIT-4

Advanced Intelligent Tape

The AMA-400000 offers a native capacity of 200GB and a compressed capacity of an amazing 520GB, with a data transfer rate of 24/62.4 MB/second!


Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-4)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-1, AIT-2 and AIT-3
Storage Capacity 200GB native storage capacity, or 520GB compressed.
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 24MB/sec uncompressed, 62.4 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD - iSCSI interface units now available.


For more detailed information about this products, please Click Here.


NOTE:
Please see the note regarding AIT tape drives



Performance: 8mm - AMA-800000
AIT-5

Advanced Intelligent Tape

The AMA-800000 offers a native capacity of 400GB and a compressed capacity of an amazing 1.04TB (1040GB), with a data transfer rate of 24/62.4 MB/second!


Format Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT-5)
Compatibility Downward compatible with AIT-3,and AIT-4
Storage Capacity 400GB native storage capacity, or 1.04TB compressed 
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate 24MB/sec uncompressed, 62.4 MB/sec compressed [*]
Interface Ultra-SCSI, Wide, LVD - iSCSI interface units now available.


For more detailed information about this products, please Click Here.


NOTE:
Please see the note regarding AIT tape drives




DLT tape units

DIGITAL LINEAR TAPE (DLT)


Note -  The Flash Card based Magnetic Tape Replacement is available as a 'Plug & Play' replacement for DLT drives

Performance: DLT1 Tape Drive

Format DLT1 Tape Drive
Storage Capacity 40 Gb (native)
80 Gb (compressed) 
Warranty  Three Years
Data Transfer Rate 3 Mb/sec (native)
6 Mb/sec (compressed)
Compatibility *Compatible with all key 
application software packages
*Backward read-compatible with DLT 4000
Interface SCSI, Wide or Narrow, LVD or High Voltage Differential - iSCSI interface units now available.  

Download the DLT-1 Data Sheet in Adobe Acrobat® format .

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NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with DLT drives from Spectra Logic, Qualstar.



Performance: DLT - AMT-80000
Format Digital Linear Tape IV
Storage Capacity 80 GB [*]
Error Rate Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate  6 MB/sec uncompressed
12 MB/sec compressed
Interface Ultra -SCSI, wide - iSCSI interface units now available.


NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with DLT drives from Spectra Logic, Qualstar.


Performance: SDLT-320 - AMT-320000
Format Super DLT-2 (SDLT)
Backward-read compatibility to previous DLT tape formats.
Storage Capacity: 320GB
Error Rate: Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate: 16 MB/sec uncompressed
  32 MB/sec compressed
Interface: Ultra -SCSI, wide, Fibre Channel (FTB100), and iSCSI interface units now available.


NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with DLT drives from Spectra Logic, Qualstar.


Performance: SDLT-600 - AMT-600000
Format Super DLT 600
Backward-read compatibility to SDLT320
Storage Capacity: 600GB
Error Rate: Less Than 1 in 1017
Data Transfer Rate: 36 MB/sec uncompressed,
  72 MB/sec compressed
Interface: Ultra -SCSI, wide, Fibre Channel (FTB100), and iSCSI interface units now available. .


NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with DLT drives from Spectra Logic, Qualstar.


Performance: LTO - AML-200000
LTO drive


Format Ultrium Format
Compressed Capacity 200 Gbytes
Compressed Backup Speed 1.92 Gbytes/min, 32 Mbytes/second, 115.2 Gbytes/hour
Load Time 10 seconds
Average Time to File 76 seconds
Recording Channels 8
Data Tracks 384
Bit Density 124K bpi
Form Factor 5.25" Full Height
Interface Support Ultra2 SCSI - LVD, SCSI-2 HVD - iSCSI interface units now available.

NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with LTO drives from Spectra Logic, and Qualstar.


Performance: LTO - AML-400000



Format Ultrium 2 (LTO2)
Compressed Capacity 400 Gbytes
Compressed Backup Speed 70MB/second, 252 GB/hour
Load Time 15 seconds
Average Time to File 49 seconds
Form Factor 5.25" Full Height
Interface Support Ultra2 SCSI - LVD, SCSI-2 HVD - iSCSI interface units now available.

NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with LTO drives from Spectra Logic, and Qualstar.


Performance: LTO - AML-420000



Format Ultrium 2 (LTO2)
Compressed Capacity 400 Gbytes
Compressed Backup Speed 48MB/second, 173 GB/hour
Average Time to File 76 seconds
Form Factor 3.5" Half Height
Compatibility Backwards compatible with LTO1
Interface Support Ultra2 SCSI - LVD, SCSI-2 HVD - iSCSI interface units now available.

NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with LTO drives from Spectra Logic, and Qualstar.


Performance: LTO - AML-800000



Format Ultrium 3 (LTO3)
Compressed Capacity 800 Gbytes
Compressed Backup Speed 160MB/second, 562GB/hour
Average Time to File 54 seconds
Form Factor 5.25" Full Height
Compatibility Backwards compatible with LTO2
Interface Support Ultra2 SCSI - LVD, SCSI-2 HVD - iSCSI interface units now available.

NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with LTO drives from Spectra Logic, and Qualstar.


Performance: LTO - AML-1600000



Format Ultrium 4 (LTO4)
Compressed Capacity 1.6 Tbytes
Compressed Backup Speed 240MB/second, 843GB/hour
Average Time to File 54 seconds
Form Factor 5.25" Full Height
Compatibility Backwards compatible with LTO2 and LT03
Interface Support Ultra2 SCSI - LVD, SCSI-2 HVD - iSCSI interface units now available.

NOTE:
Avax offers tape libraries with LTO drives from Spectra Logic, and Qualstar.

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